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RE: Career Change Possible - Input Requested

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Tough question. Who is to say what the best "specialty" will be 10, 15 20
years down the line? Test Engineering? New Building Design? Forensics?
Expert Witness? Renovation? Bridge Design? Who knows.

My best answer for someone at your stage in your career is to keep as many
doors propped open instead of closing them. If at all possible, it would be
nice if you could wait until you passed a PE exam before going to a field
that doesn't require one. At least then you can come back as a PE.
Otherwise, it may be more difficult. Maybe you can use your vacation time to
work in the new field for a little bit. Maybe you can ask your friend if you
can put off the decision until after you have passed your PE exam.

All I know is that your professional life will be a roller coaster and the
better prepared you are for the valleys will make you enjoy the peaks all
that much better. Remain flexible for now. Your peak production period will
be when you are in your mid 30s and you shouldn't have to make a life long
committment until then and when you get there, IMO, you should then make it
("the" decision) and stick with it. Until then, keep taking classes (even if
at night), keep a text book on the night stand and a code book in the water

Good luck,

Bill Allen, S.E.
Laguna Niguel, CA

=>-----Original Message-----
=>From: Anonymous [mailto:ae1188(--nospam--at)]
=>Sent: Sunday, December 05, 1999 6:16 AM
=>To: seaint(--nospam--at)
=>Subject: Career Change Possible - Input Requested
=>I have been involved with architectural structures
=>engineering for three years, thinking about taking the PE in
=>1 to 3.  A friend called me up and offered me a job as a test
=>engineer for construction fork lifts.  Here is the list of
=>growth opportunities I have there that I don't think I'd get
=>staying with my current path (no particular order):
=>Pro E
=>Data Acquisition
=>Finite Element Analysis
=>Heavy Equipment Experience
=>Test Stand and Procedure Design
=>Miscellaneous Computer Programming and Control
=>Future opportunity to design heavy equipment
=>Going this route would pretty much nix the building design
=>avenue.  As a Civil, and a rather new one, I really don't
=>know a thing about the career of a test engineer.  My guess
=>is that, with everything being increasingly technology and
=>efficiency driven, it is a growing field.
=>Comments from those who are in the field, and others, would
=>be appreciated.
=>I'm posting anonymously for obvious reasons.  I hope no one
=>is bothered by it.